Qtel eyes ten-year bond issue - leads

Qatari operator last tapped global debt markets for US$2.7bn in 2010

Qatar Telecom, which is majority state-owned, plans to issue a long ten-year bond after investor meetings conclude, arranging banks said on Tuesday.

The former monopoly's latest bond will mature in February 2023, and order books are currently open. Roadshows conclude on Tuesday.

Qtel, which last tapped global debt markets for US$2.75bn in the fourth-quarter of 2010, last week mandated six banks to help arrange the potential bond, which is expected to be benchmark-sized, typically at least US$500m.

The latest bond will fall within the company's existing curve, which includes maturities in 2021 and 2025.

One regional trader said that pricing will reflect this, with the existing US$1bn 2021s trading at a z-spread of 175 basis points and the US$750m 2025 maturity at 192 bps.

The trader said market expectations are for Qtel's 2023 bond to price within that range, depending on demand.

The z-spread is a pricing tool which calculates the number of basis points that need to be added to a zero-coupon yield curve to make the bond's discounted cash flows equal the bond's present value.

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